Victory in California!

By Orlena Nwokah Blanchard
In July 3, 2019

California LOOOOVE! We could not be more proud of our JOY team and one of our favorite clients, Dove. For just over one year now, our team has spearheaded Dove’s African-American marketing initiative to celebrate black beauty and change the way Black women and girls experience beauty in America. Today, the JOY team was present in California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office when The CROWN Act was signed into law, making race-based hair discrimination illegal in California workplaces and schools. So go on and rock dem locs and braids beautiful black people! 1 down. 49 to go. We’re going state by state and we are NOT playin’!  And trust we’re taking it federal!

Finding our CEO and creator of all things JOY in the pic is like finding Waldo but she’s there! #whereiskellijoy

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On behalf of JOY, we want to personally address and update you on how we at JOY are responding to the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  As always, the health and safety of our employees, friends, families, colleagues and clients come first!  We encourage everyone to stay safe and adhere to the government’s requirements and guidance during this unprecedented time.  We are consistently encouraged by the resilience of the American people during trying times, and we know we will overcome this together.

A few key things to note:

  1. Please make sure to stay informed and updated on news developments from official health authorities including Center For Disease Control and World Health Organization to understand and help minimize the spread and impact of  COVID-19.
  2. Check on each other during this time, especially the elderly who are at high-risk.
  3. Don’t sit in front of your computer all day. Meditate, get up, move around – tackle one of those household chores on your TO DO list from 2019.
  4. If you are working from home for the first time, here are some quick tips to help stay productive 1) keep your usual morning routine 2) Get dressed 3) Set up your work space at a table or desk, and most importantly 4) TAKE BREAKS throughout the day.

At this time, our priority is to make sure our JOY team, clients, and partners are safe while maintaining business continuity.  We remain fully prepared to address the needs of our clients as necessary.  One of the greatest things about JOY is that we’ve had a flexible workforce since our launch 6 years ago, and we will continue to service our clients with the excellence we pride ourselves on delivering, while maintaining safe social distancing.

Let’s continue to support and take care of each other as we get through this together.

With positivity and joy,
Kelli and Orlena